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Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Clinton Heylin has devoted his career to Bob Dylan's work and presents here a comprehensive study of all of Dylan's recording sessions.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1995)
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: The art at the heart of the studio

Bob Dylan is the greatest musician in popular music (I'm a huge fan, as you may know from my reviews of his music and books about him, and by my frequent references to his lyrics in other book reviews). Millions of words have been spilled about his songs, his lyrics, his life, his politics, from every possible angle. Heylin takes on the task of documenting every Dylan recording studio session up to 1993 "World Gone Wrong" album.

Good on Heylin for t
Ken French
If, like me, you want to know as much as you can about Dylan's recordings, you have to get a copy of this. But that means reading endless badly-written diatribes against Dylan and whomever else Heylin dislikes. Apparently, it's okay for Heylin to prefer the original "Blood on the Tracks" recordings, but for Greil Marcus to prefer the acoustic "Blind Willie McTell" is, to quote Heylin, "wrong."
This book might indeed go a bit too far for the casual reader, but why would any casual reader pick up a book like this? For anyone prepared to dive face first into the undertow of Dylan's recording catalogue, Clinton Heylin's book delivers plenty of interesting information. By not belaboring the obvious, like many other compendiums do, the book remains compact and readable. The fact that Clinton Heylin seems to be prepared to start a feud every other page seems only natural to me for someone wi ...more
This should probably be a 3 1/2 star book and most likely recommended for Dylan fans only, as opposed to those with a more casual interest. Heylin provides a rare glimpse of Dylan in the studio, and a simple, but critically sound and direct analysis of what he recorded and released on each of his albums up to 1994.
If you are interesting in the recording sessions of most of Bob Dylan's career, then this book is for you. Heylin needs to do an updated edition as Dylan is still active in the studio.
Stephen Hebert
Jun 19, 2008 Stephen Hebert rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dylan fans.
Shelves: non-fiction
The only knock on this comprehensive guide to Dylan's recording sessions is that it stops in 1994. I would love to see an updated edition...
Great, but all too brief. Also in dire need of a post 94 upgrade.
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